Saudi Arabia, UAE provide Aden port support to increase aid capacity

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Saudi ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Said Al-Jaber (C) arrives in the southern Yemeni port of Aden to oversee an aid delivery of fuel from Saudi Arabia on October 29, 2018. (File/AFP)
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Yemeni Prime Minister Moeen Abdulmalik (L) gives an interview with the press at Al-Maashiq presidential palace in the southern port city of Aden's Crater district on December 12, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 13 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia, UAE provide Aden port support to increase aid capacity

  • Saudi Arabia and the UAE are providing the port of Aden with support in order to increase relief aid imports to Yemen,
  • They have provided cranes for the port in order to increase the volume of relief and commercial imports

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are providing the port of Aden with support in order to increase relief aid imports to Yemen, Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed said.

The prime minister told a press conference that Saudi Arabia and the UAE provided cranes for the port in order to increase the volume of relief and commercial imports to Yemen, SPA reported on Wednesday.

He praised their efforts to support Aden as part of comprehensive humanitarian operations in Yemen.

Saeed stressed that his government is continuing to carry out reforms at all stages and fight corruption.


Algeria opposition propose six-month political transition

Updated 24 March 2019
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Algeria opposition propose six-month political transition

  • The roadmap stipulates the creation of a ‘presidential body’ that would run the country during the transition period
  • Algeria’s opposition however has been marginalized by the protest movement

ALGIERS: A group of Algerian opposition parties and unions proposed on Saturday a “roadmap” to end a political crisis and weeks of protests sparked by the veteran president’s bid to stay in power.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said on February 22 he would run for a fifth term in April 18 elections, despite concerns about his ability to rule, triggering an outcry in the country which has since been gripped by demonstrations.

The 82-year-old, who uses a wheelchair and has rarely appeared in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, earlier this month said he would pull out of the race.

But he also postponed the elections, meaning he will stay in power until polls are held.

Bouteflika’s current mandate expires on April 28 and proposals agreed at a meeting between opposition parties and unions call for a six-month transition period from that date.

The roadmap stipulates the creation of a “presidential body” that would run the country during the transition period and which would be comprised of “national figures known for their credibility, integrity and competence.”

But members of the body should not run in future presidential elections nor back any candidates in the poll, the statement seen by AFP said.

The proposals were made during a meeting attended namely by the party of Bouteflika’s key rival Ali Benflis, a former prime minister who has joined the opposition, and the main Islamist party, the Movement for the Society of Peace.

Algeria’s opposition however has been marginalized by the protest movement, which has been largely led by students angry with the country’s political system.

The proposals come a day after hundreds of thousands of Algerians demonstrated nationwide for a fifth consecutive Friday, demanding that Bouteflika stand down and calling for regime change.

On Saturday, around 1,000 lawyers rallied in the capital Algiers chanting “we’re fed up” with this government and calling on the political system to “go away.”